BC's First Provincial Park
Although Strathcona Park was created almost one hundred years ago it still comes as surprise to many that Vancouver Island is home to such a spectacular mountain region. But once park visitors have seen for themselves it becomes clear why Strathcona holds such a treasured place in many people's hearts.
Strathcona is 250,000 hectares of largely wilderness mountain terrain and deep forested valleys. It is home to a variety of wildlife including the iconic Roosevelt elk, wolf, cougar, black bear, pine marten and Vancouver Island black-tailed deer. The temperate rainforest that cloaks the rugged hillsides and valley floors is one of the richest eco-systems in the world. Towering Douglas fir, western red cedar and western hemlock predominate a diverse array of flora that reaches from tide waters' edge to the alpine tundra zone thousands of feet above.
The park's centennial year will be celebrated in 2011 and there are two important related projects with information available here.